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2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #61. Jennifer Kent – The Nightingale

2019 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: #61. Jennifer Kent – The Nightingale

Sundance was a major launch pad for Jennifer Kent‘s The Babadook and it could be the lieu for the US premiere (nabbing one of the eight spots in the Spotlight section) to her sophomore film which premiered in competition at the recent Venice Film Festival. Production took place in March of 2017, so Kent spent a good amount of time crafting The Nightingale in post bypassing fests in 2018 until the Lido (where we reviewed the film). Aisling Franciosi, Baykali Ganambarr, Sam Claflin, Damon Herriman, Harry Greenwood, Ewen Leslie, Charlie Shotwell, Michael Sheasby, Charlie Jampijinpa Brown and Magnolia Maymuru star.

Rooftop Films 2019

Gist: In 1829, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

Production Co./Producers: Brenda Gilbert, Jason Cloth, Andrew Pollack, Aaron L. Gilbert, Ben Browning, Alison Cohen.

Prediction: Spotlight section followed by SXSW preem.

U.S. Distributor: Rights Available. TBD (domestic). FilmNation Entertainment (international).

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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